UMaine’s Masters wins 1,500 meters at New England meet

Posted May 10, 2009, at 10:30 p.m.

AMHERST, Mass. — University of Maine freshman Riley Masters won the 1,500-meter run to highlight the first day of the New England Open Championships meet for the Black Bears at the University of Massachusetts last weekend.

Masters, a Bangor native, ran the race in 3 minutes, 50.26 seconds to win a regional title.

The UMaine women finished sixth among 36 teams with 47 points, while the men were 14th out of 41 teams with 25 points.

In the women’s meet, Jesse LaBreck of Oakland was runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, one-half inch. She also fourth in the javelin (135-7) to edge teammate Jessica Bond, who was fifth at 130-2.

The 400-meter relay team finished second in 47.48 seconds and Vanessa Letourneau, a junior from Fairfield, was second in the 800 with a time of 2:12.93.

Junior Alli Krous was fourth in javelin with a distance of 135 feet, 7 inches and freshman teammate Jessica Bond was fifth with a throw of 130-2.

Maine’s 800 relay team was fifth (9:11.37) and freshman Allison Conner took sixth in the 5,000 with a 17:49.17. Lindsay Burlock, a senior from Caribou, ran a 56.91 to finish fifth in the 400 and junior Allyson Howatt was sixth in the 100 in 12.18.

Jennifer Lucy, a freshman from Bangor, was 26th in the 800 (2:20.25) and Stephanie Jette, a junior from Lovell, was 21st in the 1,500 (4:42.64).

In the men’s meet, Mark Liimakka was second in pole vault, via a tiebreaker. The junior from Old Town cleared 15-9.

Junior Toby Poirier was fifth in the javelin with a throw of 188-8. Trevor England, a freshman from Poland, was seventh in the triple jump with a 44-9¾ and Donald Clark, a freshman from Winslow, was eighth in shot put with a distance of 48-7½.

Senior Daniel Voner of Hallowell was 14th in the 800 in 1:54.22.

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